Play ranger – Aberdeen

Could you help develop outdoor play activities for children?

Do you want to have fun, be creative and make friends?

If yes, we looking for Volunteer Play Rangers to develop and encourage play opportunities for children.

Purpose and aims of the role

As a volunteer play ranger you will support children to have fun, be creative, make friends, stay safe and develop social skills.  If you have a passion for volunteering with children, like being outdoors and active, and have a good sense of fun and adventure then volunteering as a play ranger is for you.

What will i be doing?

  • Assisting in the facilitation of outdoor and indoor play activities for children and young people, including children with additional support needs.
  • Activities will include free play activities, drama, games, music and other activities including arts and crafts activities and in some cases taking children on day trips and outings.
  • Encouraging and supporting children to help plan and choose the kind of activities they would like to do, enabling them to experiment and learn about themselves and the world around them and allowing them to challenge themselves and take managed risks during play
  • Participate in support meetings and attend training identified as relevant.

What skills can i bring to this role?

  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to boost the confidence and self-esteem of children
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to encourage and motivate children
  • Have a supportive approach towards children

What qualities do i need?

  • Enthusiastic, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and respectful
  • Friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Creative, imaginative and encourage fun
  • Team player with a good sense of humour
  • Enjoy being outdoors

When will i be needed?

  • Daytime and weekends
  • Depending on the time of year and school terms each session lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months required

Location

You will be volunteering in the Aberdeen area.

What will i gain from the role?

  • Practical experience of volunteering with children in a play setting
  • Meeting new friends and increasing self-confidence
  • Being part of a professional team
  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children with challenging and difficult circumstances gain confidence to achieve their full potential
  • Experience to get back into the workplace or education
  • High quality training opportunities
  • Have fun!

What support will i be given?

  • Aberlour induction
  • Child protection training
  • Role specific training including play theories and facilitating outdoor play
  • Access to Aberlour Futures childcare training
  • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
  • Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator as well as from experienced members of the Futures team
  • Recognition through national and local events

Additional Information

Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 16 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.

For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application.  This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.